The Caribbean has the second highest rate of HIV infection in the world after sub-Saharan Africa. Although HIV can affect anyone, widespread criminalisation of homosexuality and discrimination against LGBT people makes accessing HIV services difficult so puts LGBT people at greater risk of contracting HIV.
In the Caribbean we work with marginalised groups such as LGBT people and sex workers to reduce HIV infection. The Caribbean HIV & AIDS Alliance (CHAA) helps reduce risky sexual behaviour in marginalised groups. They do this through peer outreach, where people from most at risk groups lead and support their communities to be better informed, refer them to services and distribute condoms and lubricants. In 2013 CHAA distributed over 700,000 condoms and almost 40,000 sachets of lubricant – vital tools in halting the spread of HIV.